August 13, 2016 Subject:
Age 54 here...
I enjoyed these shows they were the end of my touring days over 400 shows.
Not trying to be cynical here yet why doesn't the one who asks state his age?,
Enough raging on each other everyone's got the rite to comment young or old. .
June 26, 2016 Subject:
How Old Are You...Who Cares!!!!
Age doesn't matter, maturity does. If a person likes a show enough to rate it five stars calling them out won't change their feelings. Respect their feelings and keep your negativity to yourself. How any of us rate any show from the Grateful Dead is all about feeling. If you didn't feel it, that's cool. If you did, great, tell me about because I love reading about good times!
April 18, 2015 Subject:
Great show! Went to the 3rd night
This is wonderful. I just have to wonder, though, why do people go out of their way to look up a show so they can say it sucks? That's beyond me. In any event, this second set is so good, and they make it seem so effortless and fluid.
Can't wait to see the show from the 19th on the big screen!
September 10, 2013 Subject:
Agree! Best Show....
Seen them earlier, but I was so lucky to have been at these shows. AMAZING!! They were banned until 2002 from Alpine Valley after that. We camped for 4 nights...it rained and rained. Estimates say 400,000+ attended these shows. The estimates were from the National Guard that flew over(my g-pa was one of them). It was WI's first state of emergency for having too much fun. LOL NEVER have seen anything like it to date! What a "trip" it was....Damn special!! :)
September 4, 2013 Subject:
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
Many of these reviews are downright absurd. '89 was an inspired year? How? Inspired to find the tar in Wisconsin? Ever listen to the Dead when they WERE playing with inspiration? Better yet, did you ever SEE the Dead when they were inspired? If everyone stated their age it would put comments like these in perspective. Then we'd know what frame of reference you have (a nice way of saying do you know what the hell you're talking about?)
April 20, 2012 Subject:
I finally "saw" this show
I was at every Alpine Valley show from 1984 to 1988 but I spent the summer of 1989 in Vermont so I missed the 1989 shows.
I was absolutely stoked to learn that the July 18th show was going to be shown at a local theater here in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
I thoroughly enjoyed this concert. I'm sure it meant more to me because this was a show that I normally would have been at, but either way, it was a good performance.
Hightlights for me were Jack Straw, Jack-a-Roe, Scarlet Begonias, China Doll and them coming back to Sunshine Daydream several songs later. I knew they would finish it off, but to come back after such a long time was extremely satisfying and fun.
The other highlight was the video itself. I honestly thought that it would be one long stationary wide shot of the band ... and I would have been okay with that. But all the close-ups and facial expressions were just priceless.
I hope to see many, many more of these shows!
April 19, 2012 Subject:
The illuminated spirit dances free. . .
The words of the heart have spoeke... the notes of Jerry Garcia's guitar rung... and so shall they, endlessly, to bring us to be of this dance. I'm moving and shaking at home tonight cause I can't 'meet up at the movies' but I know in heart mind and spirit I'm already there... dancing with you Jerry- you Mickey, you BRrent you Billy PHil and Bob -, dancing with the beauty of all my fellow beings yes I know I love you all and I hope you know it too
March 30, 2012 Subject:
Can't wait for Meet-up at the Movies
Don't let your fan hood get in the way of enjoying the show... solid from start to finish. Maybe the playing wasn't spectacular, but I the fan who appreciates all of it. This was a solid setlist, and '89 was one of the best years of the 1980s. That's a fact. Also, I happen to be a big fan of Man Smart, Woman Smarter and I'm glad Bobby introduced it to the boys. Jerry Lives!
March 16, 2012 Subject:
your critics are way off, this is a good enough show to be show nation wide next month at movie theaters. and good enought for any true fan to enjoy!!!!!! people who rip the dead shows need to get over them selves.
April 5, 2011 Subject:
Just another '89 show
Some decent moments, but as usual for post-coma Dead these shows really go nowhere. I was there and was very bored, thinking of how hot Alpine was in '84 and '85 before they oversold the heck out of the place, before the idiots without tix showed up, and when the band was really, really on, esp '85. (Not to mention '81 and '82 although i wasn't there for those two, was there '84-'89.) '89 had some moments but a dog year for sure, the shows don;t go anywhere. You'd hear a great China Rider then a measly little Playin' jam for 7-9 minutes then something like Take You Home out of space. Just takes the whole wind out of the show. Like this show - Scarlet into Women R Smarter? Are you kidding me? It was very lame. I love their attitude, basically do what we want when we want, but let's not kid ourselves - this was simply not enjoyable on any level. I was missing the phenomenal power of the mind-blowing Scarlet > Fire's at Poplar Creek in '83 and Merriweather in '85, and how nice it would have been to hear one that day. They make the show. Or even another Scarlet > Eyes like the first Frost show in '85 (very nice). The crowds were so fake and contrived, so few real Heads by '89. Too many lame little scenes of poeple doing what they thought they should be doing, sucking nitrous and ripping people off, instead of just hanging out with true hippies. I'm glad they stayed on the road as long as they did but let's not mislead readers to think these years were good.
May 14, 2010 Subject:
Solid show from start to finish! 1989 was a truly inspired year. Highlights include the DSBD sound quality, Sugar Magnolia>Scarlet Begonias>Man Smart>Eyes of the World, and a beautiful China Doll. Also great versions of Touch and Throwing Stones. Actually every song played is a top notch version, so sit back and enjoy!
May 7, 2009 Subject:
Show is actually July 18